Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 in a Nutshell

Yes, I'm jumping on the bandwagon and doing a 2010 recap just like all my other blogger friends out there :)  I'm glad I decided to because in retrospect it's a good way for me to reflect on my year and remember everything that happened, both good and bad (but mostly good!)

Heeere we go!

Beau helped my mom and me put away last year's Christmas ornaments.  Gotta love it :)

I froze my butt off through enjoyed my last of two Boston winters.

Had my first bridal shower thrown by awesome seminary friends.  I miss these girls!

Took in all that spring in Boston has to offer.

Saw the culmination of a year of hard work with Interfaith Council come to fruition with BU's Multifaith Dinner.

Had quite a few fantastic workouts with fellow seminerdians at Fitness Fellowship.  Yay for self care!

Enjoyed one of the warmest Easters in Boston in a loooong time.  I've never had a busier (or more blessed) Holy Week!

Helped Hubs celebrate his 27th birthday with a little Korean restaurant craziness.  One word: soju :)

Celebrated 3 years of long, hard work with these amazing people.  Rock on, BUSTH.  The world will be a better place because of all of you :)

Had my first tequila flight.

Fell in love with spinning.

Cupcaked it up with friends at several Boston bakeries.  Here we have blissful mini cupcakes from Party Favors in Brookline, MA.

Toured Harpoon Brewery with my parents and Hubs.  Fun!

Had a delicious (albeit a bit strange) graduation dinner at L'Espalier.  This is squab, if you were wondering.  Apparently I should have asked for the legs on the side.

Took a post-graduation day trip to Rockport, MA.  Such a quaint and charming town.

Went to one last Red Sox game.

Helped Hubby celebrate his MDiv. graduation from Boston College.

And celebrated my graduation from Boston University School of Theology.

Mastered the divine, one class at a time :)

Headed back to SoCal and had another lovely bridal shower in my hometown, hosted by my mom's friends.

Met Cat Cora at Macy's!  She was super nice :)

Had an unforgettable bachelorette party with my super-duper bridesmaids.

Watched the World Cup after I got my hair and makeup did.

Married this wonderful guy.

The happiest day of my life, thus far.

Yeah, he's awesome.  I'm lucky :)

Had a fabulous honeymoon in Kaua'i.  Tropical bliss!

Hubs got a job and we moved into our first apartment!  I'm really glad to be back in SoCal.

Started enjoying life in north SD county.

Started blogging and drooling over pictures of my food. 

Visited Stone Brewery in Escondido.

Saw the sights.

Road tripped and ate yummy pie.

Visited Audrey in Seattle!

Hiked in the Washington rainforest :)

Enjoyed the Hotel Del decorated for the holidays.

Celebrated Christmas in Tijuana with people from my hometown church and sponsored kids.

Decorated our first Christmas tree!

And our first gingerbread house.

Our first Christmas :)

Yeah, it was a pretty darn good year.  There were some things I wish I could have changed, other things I embraced, and plenty more little memories that will stay with me forever.  That's life, though - we have to make the best out of each day and keep learning and growing from our experiences.  I am so thankful for  my friends, my wonderful family, my coworkers, and my fellow bloggers who inspire me every day.  Thank you for adding meaning, friendship and love to my life :)

Looking forward to a happy and healthy 2011 and wishing the same to you and yours!


  1. What a year!! So many congratulations on so many levels. Here's to a wonderful 2011!

  2. It sounds like you did have a pretty good 2010, but I hope 2011 is even better!

  3. Such a huge year for you. So many accomplishments and huge wonderful changes! I loved the year in photos. Like a digital scrapbook of A Year in the Life of Lauren. Hope you have a blessed (& sweet) 2011. And that you cook in your cute cupcake apron over the jammies sometime. We'll have to synchronize the cupcake apron wearin'!

  4. Thanks all! Happy 2011 to you :)

    @Amanda - you name the day and I'll be wearing my apron and jammies :)

  5. What a busy year! Congrats on some seriously large milestones from 2010...can't wait to see what you bring to 2011!

  6. What a blessed and beautiful year! Your photographs and words made me smile and remember my own wedding and year of graduation. So many wonderful moments were captured here. Thank you for sharing this all with me. I hope you have a lovely start to your week!

  7. Lauren, what a wonderful post!! Congratulations on a more than wonderful year. My dad visited your blog today after reading the comment you left on our blog (thank you!) and commented that he "really likes that girl from Vista". I'm in Carlsbad and he's in San Marcos. He loved the pic of the beach and said "that's where I walk!"
    I've never been to Boston, but your pics really make me want to visit. That tulip (flower... is it tulip?) pic is gorgeous! Your wedding pictures are beautiful as well. Such a pretty dress!
    Thanks for this post, it's one that I will remember!

  8. @Amy - thank you!

    @Monet - glad the post made you smile :) Your comment made me smile!

    @Kim - thank you! I'd love to meet up sometime. Hubby works in San Marcos so we're always over there and we love Carlsbad :) You should definitely visit Boston in the future - you'd love it!


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